September 25, 2006 | Trades


Paul Jenkins & Humberto Ramos
Dark Horse Books
$17.95 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

Being an Atheist is not as easy as it used to be.
Police Det. Charlie Northern is finding that out the hard way after an old friend (and current priest) drags him into the investigation of a mysterious death at the Vatican.
The victim, a cardinal many viewed as the favourite to succeed the ailing pope, is thought to have committed suicide. But Northern, a lapsed Catholic, isn’t buying it when he sees that the cardinal must have been hurled to have landed where he did after flying out his office window.
Confounding that theory is the evidence that the victim was alone. And who was the mysterious bearded man waiting on the streets below, with a ceremonial dagger in his hand?
Northern slowly pieces together this mystery over the course of this series, but the cost of learning the truth may cost him his faith in the absence of God.
In their first original work together, the creative team of writer Paul Jenkins and artist Humberto Ramos (Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine), along with exceptional digital colourist Leonardo Olea, hit one out of the ballpark with a nuanced and intelligent mystery story that is as intellectually stimulating as it is visually absorbing.

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